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Whakapiki wairua: Study of a Maori mindfulness intervention in a Wharekura

36 months
Approved budget:
Dr Marama McDonald
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Māori Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lay summary
This research aims to translate the findings from the researcher’s PhD work that focussed on happiness in older Maori (2017) into a meaningful mindfulness intervention that cultivates values intrinsic to happiness and wellbeing for rangatahi Maori that might be sustained across the lifetime. The research being proposed here will explicitly acknowledge the impact of colonisation and historical trauma on Maori psychological and spiritual wellbeing as part of the process in creating a mindfulness approach to enhance holistic wellbeing in rangatahi Maori. The purpose of this research is to develop a Maori mindfulness programme that integrates mindfulness theory and practice with Maori cosmological narratives, philosophies, practices, language and beliefs about health and wellbeing in a co-desgn iterative process that places rangatahi Maori experiences, diverse realities and contexts at the forefront of the research process.